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Chestnut Teal

Chestnut Teal (Image ID 34549)
Photographed byKathy Zonnevylle on Sat 16th Mar, 2019 and uploaded on Fri 22nd Mar, 2019 .
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ID34549
CommentI noticed a water rat (Rakali) swimming along the bank on the far side of a channel at about 8.30am. It swam behind an overhanging bush and suddenly the water exploded and a previously unseen Chestnut Teal started frantically flapping about in the center of the channel with the water rat on it's back. The rat appeared to be trying to bite through the spinal cord. The flapping lasted several minutes until the Teal ceased moving and the water rat swam back behind the bush. I find my many photos of this fight quite distressing but I was also pleased to observe a native Australian Mammal in the wild.
EquipmentCanon EOS 7D II with Canon 100-400 II lens. AI Servo AF. Manual Exposure at speed 1/500, f 5.6 and ISO 800. Processed in DPP4 and PSE 14
LocationWestern Treatment Plant, Werribee (Victoria)
Keywordsmale, adult
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